All posts by Boom California

Evicted in the Central Valley: The Avoidable Crisis and Systemic Injustice of Housing Displacement

Amber R. Crowell and Janine Nkosi Virtually nowhere in the metropolitan United States could rent be called affordable for the […]

Exhausting, But Not Exhaustive: A Review of Rick Perlstein’s “Reaganland”

Peter Richardson Reaganland is the final installment of Rick Perlstein’s critically acclaimed history of the modern conservative movement. Beginning with […]

Cima Dome, East Mojave National Preserve

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

Feudal-Aristocratic Drag: Neo-Liberal Erotic Imaginaries of California as Counterrevolutionary Heterotopia in The Mask of Zorro

LJ Frazier and Deborah Cohen Flirtatious repartee and sensuous swish of swords: gliding to and fro on soft horse stable […]

Imagining a New America: An Interview with Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez is an L.A. cultural icon. A major figure in Chicanx literature, the former poet laureate of Los […]

‘Vivitos y Coleando’: The Cultural Politics of the Paisa Periphery

Adrián Félix When Gustavo Arellano of the Los Angeles Times interviewed me earlier this summer about the cultural politics of […]

The Machete of Memory: Roberto Lovato’s Memoir Unforgetting

Steven Osuna It has been 13 years since I first traveled to El Salvador. My father, Ramon, left his homeland […]

1989 Caprice Classic

Vickie Vértiz Is it talking dirty if you’re just listening? What you see in the picture is me. Passenger Front […]

California’s COVID-19 Prison Disaster and the Trap of Palatable Reform

Hadar Aviram Eighteenth-century prison reformer John Howard was endowed not only with a considerable fortune but with an inquisitive eye […]

California and the 1918–1920 Influenza Pandemic

  Published in collaboration with California History  Diane M. T. North The 1918–1920 influenza pandemic remains the deadliest influenza pandemic in […]